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Canberra builders recommendations?

By Shirokuma - 4 April 2013 42

Hi all

Was just wondering if anyone had any experience dealing with any of the following builders:

Ruiz Constructions

Rawson Homes

Sekisui House

They all seem pretty competent with good inclusions – hard to choose between them. Are there any other builders that come recommended?

[Ed – let’s stick to positive contributions people]

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra builders recommendations?
Russ 9:10 pm 08 Apr 13

cranky said :

If I had one lesson to pass on to home builders, it would be to seek out your own certifier.

This. Many people don’t realise that it’s the owner who appoints the certifier, and that they work for you, not the builder, and it’s none of the builder’s business who you appoint.

By default I’d suggest ACT Metropolitan, but whoever it is, make sure you have direct contact with them. Keep in mind, though, that they can only demand that the work complies with the Building Code of Australia, and some crappy work can still be considered acceptable by the Code. That said, a good certifier can be a useful source of independent advice during a project, and can provide perspective in terms of what a builder is doing compared to others they’ve seen.

DD2 9:07 pm 08 Apr 13

Finding a builder you can trust is difficult.
We recently completed our 2nd home our first was difficult and won’t mention the builder but the second was with Ruiz construction. Our experience was more than satisfactory. What they say they do.
No doggy work and there quality is one of the best out there. Just have to see for your self.
Good luck

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:46 pm 08 Apr 13

Shirokuma said :

susiecanberra1 said :

My opinion on RUIZ CONSTRUCTIONS
We built with Ruiz constructions, we have been in our new home in Wright for going on 5 months now – here are my experiences
-Ruiz scheduled 7 months for the build – we came in at 5 months, 2 months earlier than expected – FAB
-We had a some variations to the original plan – No problems with Ruiz – turned out beautiful and their inclusions are amazing – what you get told is what you get no dodgey “oh that wasn’t in the contract”

-I was a nighmare client – I was there every day on site – Mr Eddie Ruiz and his project manager were there with me every step of the way – Incredible personal experience

-We needed landscaping done – Ruiz arranged this – we went and got quoted from other landscapers Ruiz had the best price and in our opinion best quality

-We have a large SUV vehicle with roof racks sometimes attached – Ruiz spotted this and set the entrance to our garage higher than normal so that we could get our car in with no probs , he did that off his own bat, we didn’t even think to ask for it- HOWZAT for personalised service??

-We have had 2 defects 1-tap was faulty 2- Laundry door lock – faulty, neither of these were anything to do with the actual structure they were products purchased from suppliers – both of these issues were sorted out within 1 day of notifying Ruiz.

-Since moving into the house we have decided to make some further additions to the place – floor to ceiling cupboards in the garage, tiling to the alfresco and a built in desk – we have gone back to Ruiz as we want the same high quality and workmanship for the additions to our home

These are just some of the great experiences we have had with Ruiz Constructions, building a new home always has the scary stigmas attached and it really is a big call to refer builders, I have no hesitation referring Ruiz Constructions

Our home is even used as a show home for them in Wright – something we offered to Ruiz Constructions because we are just so thrilled with the result.

Pretty hard to see why they would be described as Slick and Dodgey because we found them anything but that.

Good luck with your choice and to others out there thinking of building. Best bet would be to sit down with the Builders and talk to them personally – It’s great to see what the opinions are out there too – but dont let that be your decision maker.

Thanks susie – great feedback. We’ve had a few discussions with them already and found them to be really helpful so far. But then *everyone* we’ve talked to has been great, making it hard to decide who to go with. Responses such as yours makes the decision just that little bit easier!

I know nothing about Ruiz, or susie, but honestly, Susies comments would make me say hmmmmm???

cranky 7:41 pm 08 Apr 13

I’m astonished that so many posters have had such positive experiences with local builders.

I would have tarred them all with a very black, uncooperative, gouging brush.

Please ensure that ALL variations are costed and agreed to prior to implementation. A real money spinner for the unscupulous builder.

Be aware that digging a hole for a garage etc turns a cubic metre of soil into about 3 times that amount by the time its dug up and delivered to the tip. Seems it gets airated – a lot!

If I had one lesson to pass on to home builders, it would be to seek out your own certifier. Do not accept the one the builder wishes to use. He will be in the builders pocket. It was only in the washup to a major rebuild that this penny dropped. Had I used a certifier that I paid directly our rebuild would have been of a far higher quality.

Shirokuma 7:13 pm 08 Apr 13

susiecanberra1 said :

My opinion on RUIZ CONSTRUCTIONS
We built with Ruiz constructions, we have been in our new home in Wright for going on 5 months now – here are my experiences
-Ruiz scheduled 7 months for the build – we came in at 5 months, 2 months earlier than expected – FAB
-We had a some variations to the original plan – No problems with Ruiz – turned out beautiful and their inclusions are amazing – what you get told is what you get no dodgey “oh that wasn’t in the contract”

-I was a nighmare client – I was there every day on site – Mr Eddie Ruiz and his project manager were there with me every step of the way – Incredible personal experience

-We needed landscaping done – Ruiz arranged this – we went and got quoted from other landscapers Ruiz had the best price and in our opinion best quality

-We have a large SUV vehicle with roof racks sometimes attached – Ruiz spotted this and set the entrance to our garage higher than normal so that we could get our car in with no probs , he did that off his own bat, we didn’t even think to ask for it- HOWZAT for personalised service??

-We have had 2 defects 1-tap was faulty 2- Laundry door lock – faulty, neither of these were anything to do with the actual structure they were products purchased from suppliers – both of these issues were sorted out within 1 day of notifying Ruiz.

-Since moving into the house we have decided to make some further additions to the place – floor to ceiling cupboards in the garage, tiling to the alfresco and a built in desk – we have gone back to Ruiz as we want the same high quality and workmanship for the additions to our home

These are just some of the great experiences we have had with Ruiz Constructions, building a new home always has the scary stigmas attached and it really is a big call to refer builders, I have no hesitation referring Ruiz Constructions

Our home is even used as a show home for them in Wright – something we offered to Ruiz Constructions because we are just so thrilled with the result.

Pretty hard to see why they would be described as Slick and Dodgey because we found them anything but that.

Good luck with your choice and to others out there thinking of building. Best bet would be to sit down with the Builders and talk to them personally – It’s great to see what the opinions are out there too – but dont let that be your decision maker.

Thanks susie – great feedback. We’ve had a few discussions with them already and found them to be really helpful so far. But then *everyone* we’ve talked to has been great, making it hard to decide who to go with. Responses such as yours makes the decision just that little bit easier!

susiecanberra1 4:35 pm 08 Apr 13

My opinion on RUIZ CONSTRUCTIONS
We built with Ruiz constructions, we have been in our new home in Wright for going on 5 months now – here are my experiences
-Ruiz scheduled 7 months for the build – we came in at 5 months, 2 months earlier than expected – FAB
-We had a some variations to the original plan – No problems with Ruiz – turned out beautiful and their inclusions are amazing – what you get told is what you get no dodgey “oh that wasn’t in the contract”

-I was a nighmare client – I was there every day on site – Mr Eddie Ruiz and his project manager were there with me every step of the way – Incredible personal experience

-We needed landscaping done – Ruiz arranged this – we went and got quoted from other landscapers Ruiz had the best price and in our opinion best quality

-We have a large SUV vehicle with roof racks sometimes attached – Ruiz spotted this and set the entrance to our garage higher than normal so that we could get our car in with no probs , he did that off his own bat, we didn’t even think to ask for it- HOWZAT for personalised service??

-We have had 2 defects 1-tap was faulty 2- Laundry door lock – faulty, neither of these were anything to do with the actual structure they were products purchased from suppliers – both of these issues were sorted out within 1 day of notifying Ruiz.

-Since moving into the house we have decided to make some further additions to the place – floor to ceiling cupboards in the garage, tiling to the alfresco and a built in desk – we have gone back to Ruiz as we want the same high quality and workmanship for the additions to our home

These are just some of the great experiences we have had with Ruiz Constructions, building a new home always has the scary stigmas attached and it really is a big call to refer builders, I have no hesitation referring Ruiz Constructions

Our home is even used as a show home for them in Wright – something we offered to Ruiz Constructions because we are just so thrilled with the result.

Pretty hard to see why they would be described as Slick and Dodgey because we found them anything but that.

Good luck with your choice and to others out there thinking of building. Best bet would be to sit down with the Builders and talk to them personally – It’s great to see what the opinions are out there too – but dont let that be your decision maker.

Genie 12:57 pm 07 Apr 13

I’m currently dealing with Ruiz Constructions… In the very early stages … But I’m not having any issues

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 10:44 pm 05 Apr 13

Inspired building group.

They did a extension for me, including a huge deck and pergola.

Myself being in the construction industry, only the most precessional and best quality work would pass. It certainly did pass.
Great work, fair priced and Steve, the builder/boss, is incredibly personal and accommodating.

Shirokuma 8:32 pm 05 Apr 13

Thanks for the recommendations all!

CoffinRX2 6:09 pm 05 Apr 13

Certainly add Blackett Homes to the list

NoImRight 4:22 pm 05 Apr 13

I cant comment on recently but I had it on reasonable to good authority that in years gone by Rawson were big on inclusions but small on build quality. Some built in my street by them appeared ( to my untrained eye) built to a minimum standard.

That may be different now. Large company builders always seem more like sausage factories than tradesman driven.

Leo61 3:45 pm 05 Apr 13

Just had a new home completed by Classic Constructions, definitely on the recommend list.

EvanJames 1:25 pm 04 Apr 13

MightyJoe said :

Ruiz – IMO operation seemed too slick and dodgey.

Motion seconded.

Solidarity 11:49 am 04 Apr 13

Blackett are fairly good.

MightyJoe 11:03 am 04 Apr 13

Having gone through this process,

Ruiz – IMO operation seemed too slick and dodgey. My neighbours had their house built by them and are ok with the house. they do quite a lot of homes, so don’t know if you’ll get personalised service

Pavilion Homes – have read here that they’re a bit so so, i did contact them and the designs were a bit dated and their inclusions were quite crap (against the other builders).

Pierius Magnus – good guys, but very slow. How do i know, they’re building my house now. Excellent value for money, but get stuff in writing head of contract execution i.e. completion date.

Sublime – good options, but tend to overcharge on other bits

Overall, deal direct with builder if you can. I found that dealing with an agent, then him to the builder was a drawn out process that cost me too much time and little details (like window colours) got lost in Chinese whispers, so ended up with something I didn’t want (liveable), but not to my style.

Oh and make sure that you document all dealings with builder throughout the process!

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